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The Executive team at Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) bring a unique combination of skills and experience to our organisation.

Carolanne Barkla PhotoCarolanne Barkla, Chief Executive 

Carolanne became the Chief Executive of ARAS in April 2016 with responsibility for implementing the strategic direction of ARAS.

She brings to the role over 20 years’ experience as a registered nurse, lawyer, executive, spanning health, aged care, legal, not-for-profit peak body, policy, sector development and social justice. Contributing to her multidisciplinary professional expertise, Carolanne has had experience working in rural and metropolitan environments in South Australia and New South Wales as well as with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities. She also has lived experience as a military family member and supporter of Veterans.

Carolanne has been recognised for her academic excellence for Elder Law, Comparative Aspects of Malaysian Law, and legal research into Compulsory Reporting in Aged Care. Carolanne has embraced opportunities to serve on state and national advisory committees collaborating with the purpose of improving the quality of life and care of older people. During the last ten years, Carolanne has also served on a number of not-for-profit Boards.

Carolanne is currently a Board member of Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) Ltd; Chair of End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) National Reference Group; Member of SA Health Adult Safeguarding Advisory Group and was appointed to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Advisory Council in April 2019.

Carolanne holds a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Hons) Degree, Bachelor of Nursing and Diploma of Business Management (Aged Care).

Carolanne is also the recipient of the following prizes/scholarships:

  • Flinders University Law School Dean’s Prize for Elder Law (2007),
  • Flinders University Law School Dean’s Prize for Comparative Aspects of Malaysian Law (2006), &
  • Perpetual/ASF AICD Not for Profit Board Scholarship (2012).

Carolanne is a Registered Nurse and is also admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia as a Solicitor & Barrister

Anna Barton HeadshotAnna Barton, Operations Manager

Anna joined ARAS in September 2018 as Operations Manager. Anna has over 30 years’ in management in both government and not-for-profit organisations, providing services in both rural and metropolitan environments, for mainstream and Indigenous people in:

  • Employment Services
  • Youth Services
  • Family Mental Health Support Services
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Community Development
  • Aged Care Advocacy

Anna has a strong social justice focus, has been on a number of community groups and committees, and currently in the 4th year as an Associate Member (non-Aboriginal) of the Gladys Elphick Committee. She has a Master of Business Administration and is a Mental Health First Aider.

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Kelly Aresti, Finance and Business Manager

Kelly joined ARAS in April 2018 as Finance and Business Manager. In her role, Kelly is responsible for leading the day-to-day financial and business operations of ARAS, covering areas such as Budgeting & Forecasting, Insurance, Governance and Risk and Compliance. Kelly also oversees all general Accounting, Payroll, Purchasing, Accounts Payable and Receivable.

Kelly has over 15 years of local and international experience in working with private, public & NFP companies across multiple industries including IT, Mining, Health and Security. Prior to working with ARAS, Kelly was the Financial Controller at ADVAM where she was responsible for providing effective management of day-to-day operations and workflow of the finance and administration team of four servicing Australia and the UK. Before that, Kelly was with Malaco Leichhardt Pty Ltd as Manager of Finance and Administration where she was responsible for establishing and managing the head office and mine site finance and administration functions, including accounting, administration, payroll, purchasing, AP and AR.

Kelly is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of South Australia and a Diploma of Professional Counselling from The Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors Pty Ltd. 

Marie Davis photoMarie Davis, HR Manager

Marie joined ARAS in October 2017 as HR Manager. In her role, she is responsible for ensuring that the management of people and culture are consistent with the purpose, vision and values of ARAS and comply with relevant legislation and HR Best Practice.

Marie held a number of roles prior to joining ARAS. As Executive GM Corporate Services at Baptist Care (SA) Inc., she was responsible for a number of departments; Human Resources, Payroll, IT and Property Services.  Before that, Marie was with Emirates Airline in Dubai as Manager HR International where she managed a team providing HR support to over 50 countries across the globe from North & South America, through Africa, the Middle East, West and East Asia, Australia & New Zealand.

Marie holds a Bachelor of Business in Administrative Management & HR, and is a Certified Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI).